Department of Family and Community Services

16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women

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29 Nov 2012

16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women begins on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day) and ends on 10 December (Human Rights Day).

These dates were chosen to emphasise that gender-based violence is a violation of human rights. 16 Days of Activism encourages women and men to take the lead in their communities and networks, by speaking out about violence and challenging the attitudes that allow violence to continue in our society.

Women NSW is funding Local Domestic Violence Committees around the state to undertake community activities as part of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign. Some of the activities occurring this year include:

  • disseminating ‘No to violence’ beer coasters at pubs
  • White Ribbon Day-focused BBQ events at hardware stores
  • White Ribbon Day-themed touch football matches
  • activities with junior rugby teams and Tackling Violence program participants
  • Community Walks; and
  • No to Violence Against Women advertising in regional cinemas.

White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day is an opportunity to encourage men who are abusive or violent to take responsibility and seek support to change. The male-led White Ribbon campaign seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate violence against women. Men can swear an Oath to never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women at the White Ribbon website. Men who swear the Oath make a commitment to lead by example, to be a role model and to intervene safely when needed.

Violence against women

Violence against women remains a serious issue in Australia. Police report that in Australia, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.

  • In 2011, there were 26,800 incidents of domestic violence-related assault in NSW, 69% of which were assaults against women
  • 82% of those proceeded against by NSW Police involved male offenders (NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data)
  • The vast majority (81% in 2007-8) of all female homicide victims in NSW are killed by a person with whom they shared a current or former domestic relationship.

Read more in Women NSW’s Safety and Access to Justice fact sheet.

Domestic Violence Help

If you know someone who is experiencing domestic violence or want more information go to the NSW Government Domestic Violence website.

The NSW Domestic Violence Line can offer support and referrals on 1800 65 64 63 (available 24 hours).

Domestic and family violence comes at a high cost to individuals, families, the community and our economy. It has a range of devastating impacts on the economic, social, financial, psychological and physical health and wellbeing of those who experience it.

The NSW Government is supporting White Ribbon Day and 16 Days of Activism to promote the message of zero tolerance to violence against women.